Free concert at Krannert a salute to veterans, by Army captain

Free concert at Krannert a salute to veterans, by Army captain

A concert pianist and Illinois Army National Guard captain, Ian Gindes of Urbana will draw on his experiences as he and others perform in the free "A Salute to Veterans with Capt. Ian Gindes" concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in Foellinger Great Hall of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

"It's going to be an excellent show," he said. "It's not supposed to be a stuffy recital. It's supposed to get people involved and to have fun."

Here's more, courtesy staff writer Melissa Merli:

1 Gindes, who has a Ph.D. from the UI in piano performance and is now studying for his master's in pedagogy, specializes in Romantic and American music. The concert will last an hour and feature American music. Gindes will play "Buckaroo Holiday" and the "Corral Nocturne" from Aaron Copland's "Rodeo." The latter piece serves as a tribute to soldiers. "It's very beautiful and not morose," said Gindes, who will also perform three segments from Copland's "Our Town."

2 Gindes also will play George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," originally composed for two pianos, with pianist Jiafeng Yan. Both will play 9-foot Steinway grands. The concert will end with a surprise performance by four pianists playing all at once: Gindes, Yan, Tatiana Shustova and Jing Hao. And it will open with Cornelius Johnson singing the national anthem.

3 Gindes, who studied at the UI with Ian Hobson, won the 2011 Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition and performed at Carnegie Hall and the American Liszt Society Festival. Now 36, he joined the Guard 11 or so years ago to give back to the country. "When you're younger you feel you want to be a hero. This is a way to do that part time. I can actually go (to Guard duty) and do my piano work, too."

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